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National Symphony Orchestra: Tchaikovsky's Fifth & Ax plays Mozart

Thursday, October 4, 2018 - Saturday, October 6, 2018

National Symphony Orchestra

Hear beloved pianist Emanuel Ax, renowned for his poetic performances, in Mozart’s popular Piano Concerto No. 17 in a program conducted by John Storgårds that also features Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony and a work by Silvestrov.

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John Storgårds, conductor
Emanuel Ax, piano

V. Silvestrov: The Messenger
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.17
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5

Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17 is well known for its compositional wizardry: its energetic opening of constantly shifting harmonies, delicate marches, and joyous piano arabesques. In his personal journal, Mozart wrote that he taught his pet bird to sing the theme of the third movement—one that’s brimming with the spirit of a lark's springtime song. Emanuel Ax joins the NSO for this Mozart classic in a concert conducted by John Storgårds that also features the epic yearnings of Tchaikovsky’s Fifth.

Performance Timing: Part One - 35 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 45 min.

Our wildly popular late-morning Coffee Concerts at 11:30 a.m. on select Fridays return for a third season! These concerts are perfectly timed so that you don't need to worry about rush hour traffic, both arriving and leaving.
Preceding each Coffee Concert, a la carte breakfast items will be available for purchase in the KC Café from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m. The menu will consist of:
- Assorted muffins, scones, and croissants
- Bagels, cream cheese, butter, and jam
- Freshly cut fruit
- Coffee, tea, and juice

Beginning at 6:45 p.m. before the Sat., Oct. 6 performance
Take a journey into the fascinating stories behind the music led by knowledgeable and engaging artists and scholars! Look for even more of these offerings throughout the season; each ForeWords begins at 6:45 p.m. (the Concert Hall doors open 15 minutes prior), lasts 30 minutes, and is free and open to the public.

Immediately following the Thu., Oct. 4  performance
Stay after the performance for an insightful discussion with the some of the exciting guest artists and NSO musicians featured on the night's program, moderated by NSO Director of Artistic Planning Nigel Boon. You may even have an opportunity to ask a question! Look for even more of these offerings throughout the season; each AfterWords is free with your concert ticket.

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